Product Support: Mice

What are the default buttons and wheel assignments for my mouse?


The following table specifies the default button assignments for Microsoft mouse products.


Note:
Some of the features listed are not available on all mouse models.


Button
Action
How to use it
Left
Click
Move the pointer over an item on the screen, and then quickly press and release the left button.
Double-click
Move the pointer over an item on the screen, and then quickly press and release the left button twice.
Drag an object
Move the pointer over an item on the screen, press and hold the left button, move the pointer to move the object to a new location, and then release the left button.
Right
Right-click
Move the pointer over the appropriate screen location, and then press the right button to display a shortcut menu or other program-specific feature.
Wheel
Vertical scrolling
In a scrollable window, rotate the wheel toward you to move down, away from you to move up.
Horizontal scrolling (some models only)
In a scrollable window, tilt the wheel to the left to move left, and to the right to move right.
Touch strip (some models only)
For devices with a touch strip, slide your finger up and down or forward and backward to scroll.
Zooming
In some programs (such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel), you can increase or decrease the screen magnification by holding down the CTRL key while you are scrolling.
Wheel
Middle-click
You can press the wheel like a button to access more features. In some programs, you can use middle-click for program-specific features. For example, in Internet Explorer 7, you can middle-click a link to open the link in a new tab.
Flip, Flip 3D or Instant Viewer Task View
Select how you want to view all your open programs: Flip lets you preview thumbnail images of all running programs. Flip 3D lets you flip through all open windows at the same time. If Flip or Flip 3D is not available, this key opens the Instant Viewer /Task View and displays all open items in a grid of thumbnail images.
Other assignable buttons
Other buttons may be unassigned by default, or have a default assignment, such as: Back and Forward Move back and forward in programs that support the Back and Forward commands, such as a Web browser. Magnify Enlarge text and images in a part of the screen.
Dedicated buttons
Some mouse models have buttons with dedicated features, such as presenter buttons or gaming buttons that cannot be reassigned.

List of all button assignment options


Click here for a table lists and describes the button assignments that you can set on your mouse.

Assignments
Description
Click
Selects the object that you are pointing at, positions the cursor, and drags text or objects from one location to another.
Right-click
Displays shortcut menus.
Next window
Makes the next window the active window.
Previous window
Makes the previous window the active window.
Browser Back
In a browser window, displays the last page that you visited.
Browser Forward (browser)
In a browser window, displays the last page that you visited before you clicked the Back button.
Middle-click
In some programs, middle-click lets you use program-specific features. For example, in Internet Explorer 7, you can middle-click a link to open the link in a new tab.
Disable this button
Turns off the mouse button.
Alt
Functions the same as pressing ALT on the keyboard.
ClickLock On/Off
Toggles between enabling and disabling ClickLock. This has the same effect as enabling or disabling ClickLock on the Activities tab.
Close
Closes the active document or window.
Copy (CTRL+C)
Copies the selected text or item to the Clipboard.
CTRL
Functions the same as pressing CTRL on the keyboard.
Cut (CTRL+X)
Cuts the selected text or item to the Clipboard.
Shift
Functions the same as pressing Shift on the keyboard.
Delete
Deletes the selected text, item, or other object.
Digital Ink On/Off
Enables you to annotate slides in a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation (in full-screen mode).
Double-click
Let's you use a single-click to represent a double-click.
Enter
Let's you initiate a command or control, or perform an action for the selected item.
Exit program
Closes the selected program.
Flip /Flip 3D
Flip lets you preview thumbnail images of all running programs. Flip 3D displays all open programs as a three-dimensional set of tiles that you can quickly page or scroll through. If Flip or Flip 3D are not available, this key opens the Instant Viewer and displays all open items in a grid of thumbnail images.
Gaming toggle
Let's you record and play back up to two favouritekey sequences while in a game.
Instant Viewer
Displays all open items in a grid of thumbnail images.
Macro
Opens the Macro editor so that you can create a new macro and assign or modify an existing macro.
Magnify
Let's you enlarge text and images on any section of your screen.
Maximize
Let's you maximize the selected window.
Minimize
Let's you minimize the selected window.
New
Let's you create a new document or file.
Open
Let's you open an existing document or file.
Paste (CTRL+V)
Pastes the text or item in the Clipboard.
Quick Turn
Let's you spin a gaming character to face in the opposite direction.
Redo
Repeats the last action.
Shift
Functions the same as pressing SHIFT on the keyboard.
Show/Hide desktop
Minimizes/maximizes all open windows.
Undo (CTRL+Z)
Undo the previous action.
Zoom in
Let's you increase the screen magnification.
Zoom out
Let's you decrease the screen magnification.
Key Combination
Let's you assign a keyboard shortcut to a mouse button.
Precision booster
Let's you adjust your pointer speed for precision tasks, such as in-game targeting or photo editing.
Open a program, webpage or file(custom)
Let's you start a program or game that you specify.
Task View
Let's you open a new task view interface that stays open.
Open Action Center
Let's you open the Action Center.
Open Cortana
Let's you open Cortana in listening mode.
Open OneNote
Let's you open OneNote.
Add new desktop
Let's you add a new virtual desktop.
Previous desktop
Switch to the virtual desktops you’ve created on the left.
Next desktop
Switch to the virtual desktops you’ve created on the right.
Close desktop
Closes the current virtual desktop.
Take Screen Clipping
Take a screenshot of current window and copy it to your clipboard.
Snap window left
Snaps current window to left of screen.
Snap windows right
Snaps current window to right of screen.
Snap windows up
Snaps current window up the screen.
Snap windows down
Snaps current window down the screen.
Switch Between Recent Apps
Switches between recent apps on Windows 8/8.1.
Open Recent Apps
Opens latest active apps on Windows 8/8.1.
Show/Hide App commands
Shows/Hides Apps bar in Windows 8/8.1.
Open the charms
Opens the charm bar on Windows 8/8.1.
Search
Opens Search on your computer.
Share
Open Share on Windows 8/8.1/10.
Devices
Opens Devices in charm bar on Windows 8/8.1. Opens Connect on Windows 10.
Settings
Opens Settings on Windows 8/8.1/10.
Go to Windows Start
Opens Windows Start.
Page Up
Scrolls up by one page.
Page Down
Scrolls down by one page.
Print Screen
Prints the screen.
Gadget
Displays the gadgets on your desktop in Windows 7.